Staten Island Jazz Festival 27

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For over 25 years, UTA has presented Staten Island JAZZ to critical acclaim and loyal audiences. UTA has long embraced Jazz – an American-born music genre – and founded Staten Island JAZZ in 1988 with the intent of both preserving and promoting Jazz arts. UTA has consistently delivered an extraordinary show with legendary artists.  Past performers have included The Sun Ra Intergalactic Arkestra, Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman, Barry Harris, Bluiett, and more!

UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ began as a series of community jazz workshops under the direction of internationally known jazz artist and educator, Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre, which culminated in performance. The public performances held as an evening concert every October enabled audiences to learn more about jazz music, which at the time, was seldom showcased on Staten Island. In 2007, UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ concert graduated from an evening event to an all day festival with jazz–themed workshops designed for the entire family’s enjoyment.


Javon Jackson Quartet
Hamiet Bluiett • Kiane Zawadi
Winard Harper Ensemble
Leopoldo Fleming Afro-Caribbean
     Jazz Ensemble
Danny Mixon Quartet • Betty Shirley
Karlus Trapp • Vinnie Ruggieri
Darrell Smith • WaFoo
Earl Saul • Bob Kaiser
Jeannine Otis • David Jones
Rudi Mwongozi
Stretto Vocal Ensemble
Sajda Musawwir Ladner

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UTA offers FREE family–friendly jazz–themed workshops in music, dance, vocal, and art (Romare Bearden collage) before the music performances.  Workshops culminate with a panel discussion.

For more information about the workshops, please call (718) 273-5610 or email

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UTA’s Staten Island JAZZ Festival 27 program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Additional support has been provided by Con Edison and